Bay Cities FC Makes it Two Straight Wins with 1-0 Win over LA Force

Published May 11, 2022

By Scott Matulis

Bay Cities FC won its second straight NISA league game Saturday night with a 1-0 away victory over the Los Angeles Force.  It was the second meeting of the year between the two teams, the first of which ended in a 0-0 draw. 

Manager Anders Perez was forced to shuffle his lineup due to injuries.  The team’s leading scorer Anthony Ordendain, defender Christian Dean and winger Rei Dorwart were all unavailable due to various knocks. Jonathan Partida, who has been the team’s regular starter right back, is also recovering from a minor thigh injury and began the game on the bench. 

“It was a great win and it showcased the way we want to play,” said Perez. “Our players are technical, creative, and fast. Despite our size, our guys can play. And you are seeing it now. For us, the coaching staff, it is just a matter of giving them ideas about how we want to attack and how to employ different solutions when the opponent is pressing. We have not even scratched the surface yet on how good this team can be.”

Marco Silveira made his first start, stepping in for Dorwart on the left side, and made the most of his chance, putting a shot on goal at the 13-minute mark that forced a save from Force goalie Brandon Gomez. With Carlos Zavala, Antonio Jimenez and Ivan Valencia bossing the middle, Bay Cities FC had no shortage of chances.  The team totaled five shots on goal in the first half, led by Silveira with three. The Force scrambled to keep the ball out of its goal, conceding eight free kicks. 

After a scoreless first half, both teams came out hard in the second, with the Force pressing high and wreaking havoc down the sides of the pitch. Bay Cities matched their opponent’s intensity by creating a number of solid scoring chances of its own.  Josiah Romero, in particular, was a force down the right side of the pitch, driving again and again at the LA defense. During one five-minute period, Romero had two golden chances, one a header from the right side of the goal and another a left-footed strike, both of which forced diving deflections from Romero. 

Romero, who ended the game with four shots, finally got Bay Cities on the scoreboard at the 83-minute mark. Adolfo Trujillo sent a cross in from the left side, which Edson Cardon took out of the air and sent back in front of goal, where Romero was in the right place at the right time and sent an authoritative header into the back of the net.    

Josiah was absolutely a threat the entire second half and it was right that he would be the one to score,” said Perez. “Josiah has a knack for scoring goals. We have known this from the beginning. Other teams should too. It is a quality you cannot teach, and I am happy we have someone like him on the team.” 

The lead held up the rest of the way, giving Bay Cities their first NISA road win. 

Game Notes

  • For the game, LA Force was whistled for 15 fouls while Bay Cities FC was charged with six. 

  • LA Force led in shots 12 to nine, but did not register a single shot on target.

  • Bay Cities FC goalkeeper Alan Gomez-Cruz recorded his first clean sheet of the year. Cruz took over in the Bay Cities goal for Ian McGrane who transferred to MLS side Saint Louis FC two weeks ago. 

  • With two goals on the year, Romero is now second on the team behind Orendain who has three. 

  • Bay Cities FC (2-2-2) remains in third place in the West Division while LA Force sits in fifth.

  • Josiah Romero led the team in shots for the second straight game with four. Silviera was second with three.

  • Orendain picked up a knock on his knee during mid-week training. He has had issues with the knee in the past and will be getting an MRI this week.

  • Perez on the team’s injuries and player availability for the team’s next game: “It’s too soon to tell, so we will see.  The good news is that we are a deep squad. Other players will have an opportunity to showcase themselves.”

Up Next

  • Bay Cities FC plays its next NISA league match at home May 14 against West division leaders Cal United Strikers FC.  The game is at 7pm at Sequoia High School Stadium. Tickets can be purchased here.